Herschel R. Logsdon
Herschel R. Logsdon, 89, Beardstown, died Friday, Oct. 30, at his home. He was born April 7, 1926, in Beardstown, the son of Ray and Elva Lea (Jones) Logsdon. He married the love of his life, Fannie Mae Larkin, in Beardstown, on June 5, 1944; they were married nearly 67 years before her death.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda Loxley Meloy of Muscatine, Iowa, and Lari Logsdon of Bothell, Wash., and a son, Robert Logsdon of Camden, Ill. Also surviving are two sisters, Reah of Beardstown and Mary (Sis) Hiles of Lafayette, Ind., and two brothers, David and Mike of Beardstown. Seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive: H.F. Loxley of Beardstown; Wendy Hillyer and her husband Scott of Rushville with their daughters Danyalle of Rushville and Karly (Jared) Rohn of Burlington, Iowa; Curt Logsdon and his wife Jamie of Rushville with their daughter Natalee; Shaun Opperman and his wife Sara of Cantrall, Ill., with their son Chandler; Josh Opperman of Portland, Ore.; Rob Meloy and his wife Cherra of Marshalltown, Iowa, with their sons Declan and Patrick; and Marissa Meloy of Portland, Ore. In addition, one great-great-grandchild, Liam Uremovich of Rushville, survives, along with an extended family of several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frank, John and Tom, and sisters Betty and Patricia.
Herschel graduated from Beardstown High School with the Class of 1944. He was inducted into the Army during World War II, serving in the Asia-Pacific Campaign, and was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa, then honorably discharged. He was awarded several service medals, including two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Silver Star for Heroism in Combat. He was exceedingly proud of his love of Country and we are all grateful for his service and sacrifice. He was baptized into, and in recent years served as a Board Member of, the First Congregational Church in Beardstown. He also held membership in the Beardstown First United Methodist Church.
Herschel had a 50-year career working on the Illinois, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers and gained a masterful knowledge and memory of river navigation while piloting boats and working as a Master Captain. His expert knowledge was utilized when he continually maintained U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain and Pilot licenses until his retirement. He spent many hours over the last few years at the Public Library or other places in the community telling others of his life on the River or his service in the Army.
He was a member of and actively participated in several fraternal organizations. He was a 65-year member of the Masonic Order (32nd degree) Cass Lodge No. 23, Valley of Springfield Consistory of Scottish Rites and honored as a Master Mason for his years of service in 2014, and received two Lodge Builder Awards, one in 2009 and one in 2011. He was 60-year member of the Ansar Shrine Temple in Springfield, and the Beardstown Elks Lodge. He had also belonged to the Beardstown VFW for several years.
He was a life-long hunter and was always ready to head to the duck blind or walk the fields hunting for pheasant and quail, and had his deer permit ready each fall. His hunting was a passion and a way of life, first to provide food for the family, then later for pure pleasure. Another passion was riding (in his younger years), raising and showing Quarter and Paint horses. He was the Midwestern Certification Officer for the American Paint Horse Association, and was involved with the American Quarter Horse Association for many years. He lived a life of quiet generosity: providing coats and school supplies to needy children, getting special treats for residents of the assisted living facility, helping with food for families in need, much like the habits of his Grandpa Curt Logsdon.
Herschel spent many hours with his wide circle of friends throughout his 89 years in Beardstown and the surrounding area. He attended his 70th Beardstown Alumni Reunion in 2014 and always enjoyed catching up with those classmates who were still able to attend. He kept and maintained his friendships and will be deeply missed by all. People say “Herschel knew everyone.” We will all remember that he was always ready to share a story or tell a joke with a twinkle in his eye.
Visitation with the family will be Friday, November 6, 2015, at Sager Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m., with Masonic Rites to follow. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 7, 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Beardstown, Ill., with luncheon to follow. Family interment will occur at the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Shriners Hospitals for Children or to Cass Lodge No. 23 Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be left for the family at www.sagerfuneralhome.com.